Several groups, including members of the Buffalo Soldiers, gathered today at Dunbar School, which was Tucson's only segregated school, to save another historically significant building.
The Mountain View Black Officers Club at Fort Huachuca has been there since 1942 and could be torn down. The building was a social club for African American soldiers and has been visited by celebrities including Joe Lewis and Lena Horne.
Fort Huachuca said, "we have not made a determination on the final disposition of the building, we are still exploring all options for preserving this history."
The National Trust for Historic Preservation named the officers club one of 11 most endangered historical places in America. This has sparked a group effort by the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation and the Buffalo Soldiers to save the structure.
The Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers had an agreement with the army. They would complete the restoration process in 3 different 5 year periods. SWABS has fixed windows and other parts of the building. But in 2011, the Army did not renew the lease.
"All of these items were to be done in the first phase, it didn't say that, but that is what are meeting with a group of engineers on Fort Huachuca indicated that there were no phases," said Joan Way from SWABS.
Fort Huachuca did release at statement on the structure being listed as an endangered place. "While we agree that Building 66050 is an important element of Fort Huachuca, the Army and the Nation's history, the National Trust for Historic Preservation news release is not factually accurate on all points."
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